The '''Mount Carroll Seminary''' was the name of Shimer College
from 1853 to 1896. The Seminary was located in Mount Carroll, Illinois
, in the United States. A pioneering institution in its time and place, the Mount Carroll Seminary served as a center of culture and education in 19th-century northwestern Illinois. Despite frequent prognostications of failure, it grew from 11 students in a single room to more than 100 students on a spacious campus with four principal buildings. Unusually for the time, the school was governed entirely by women, most notably the founder Frances Wood Shimer
, who was the chief administrator throughout the Seminary's entire existence.